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Convenor: Dr Pushpa Arabindoo
This course explores a series of themes on the exercise of power in the conception, design, use and governance of urban space. It focuses on the multiple ways in which power operates through discursive and non-discursive everyday practices, as well as formal state apparatuses and informal social networks. It explores issues including urban citizenship, the right to the city, urban social movements, fortress cities and the privatisation of public spaces, sexuality and the city, multi-culturalism and the politics of identity across the global North and South.
2. Urban Imaginations
Convenor: Dr Andrew Harris
This course provides an introduction to the different ways urban space is perceived, represented and experienced across a variety of contexts from architecture, engineering and digital technology to developments in literature, cinema, music and the visual arts. The course's multi-disciplinary scope and imaginative emphasis is used to encourage and develop reflection on the potential problems and critical possibilities for interdisciplinary learning and engagement in urban studies.
An important insight into the range of topics and teaching covered in these two core modules can be found in Urban Constellations (2011)
TERM TWO:3. Urban Practices
Convenor: Dr Andrew Harris/Dr Pushpa Arabindoo/Professor Matthew Gandy
This module explores and experiments with multiple ways in which urban issues, problems and experiences are identified and addressed in practice. A series of invited speakers lead seminars outlining and reflecting on the practices they adopt. Seminars cover a range of fields including planning, cultural and artistic interventions, architecture, law, journalism, environmental management and urban activism. A series of case studies or examples are presented during these seminars to highlight working interfaces and potential disjunctures between theory and practice.
Examples of some recent teaching activities